Single Release | Banging on my Drum feat. Patrice Quinn

Follow the making of Violet, Gold + Rose on Instagram  David Ward, Patrice Quinn + Joe Cruz

Follow the making of Violet, Gold + Rose on Instagram
David Ward, Patrice Quinn + Joe Cruz

“Patrice Quinn has been one of the most inspiring singers I’ve heard in the last few years,” says David Ward.

Banging on my Drum is the first single from Ward’s cinematic and soulful album, Violet, Gold + Rose and one he always knew needed the voice of a strong, soulful female singer.

“I am a big fan of Kamasi Washington’s and his triple album, The Epic, inspired much of my approach to Violet, Gold + Rose.”

Patrice Quinn is a part of Kamasi’s band, also known as the international phenomenon, the West Coast Get Down, a collective of musicians from L.A. that have led and contributed to some of the most exciting albums of the last few years, including Kendrick Lamar’s critically lauded, To Pimp a Butterfly.

“I heard Patrice sing with Kamasi and the band at London’s Barbican and was deeply moved. She sings somewhere that feels spiritual to me. That night she was beating on her chest while singing as if she was trying to invoke something bigger, something deeper and divine.”

Ward reached out during the height of Washington’s success with The Epic which had the band on the road constantly.

“Patrice had shown interest from the start which kept me at her for many a month,” Ward laughs. “When we finally sat down together after the session she said to me teasingly, ‘I was trying to tell you, I can’t even think about you right now!’”

The balance of their two voices in this piece, as well as the arrangement and lyrics brings to mind 70’s-inspired soul; a song that speaks of finding and being good to one another in these dark, chaotic and confusing times.

Watch Ward's website for a new single every second Friday of the month. Next single: May 11th.

Jeanette Wilkinson